How Firm a Foundation – August 2020

About four years ago I was out in our backyard doing some gardening around a very old fruit tree. I’m not even quite sure what kind of fruit tree it was because it had never produced anything beyond one wee little baby fruit that just ended up withering away. While I was pulling up weeds…

Jesus! What a Friend for Sinners — July 2020

We’ve been enduring quite a storm for the greater portion of 2020, haven’t we, friends? Here are words and phrases I’ve heard myself repeating: “…unsettling, scary, confusing, difficult to navigate, WHAT in the world is GOING ON, such darkness all around us, maranatha Lord Jesus…”  Beyond just the craziness of a world pandemic, violence, racism,…

On Jordan’s Stormy Banks I Stand — June 2020

Thinking about the New Earth is the most powerful, practical thing you can do right now. If you’re like me, the evil of our world might overwhelm you. So how is thinking about the New Earth powerful, and practical? Let’s look at our new hymn, Samuel Stennett’s “On Jordan’s Stormy Banks,” a song that embodies…

If Thou But Suffer God to Guide Thee – May 2020

Georg Neumark, (pronounced Gay-og Noymawk) knew what it means to suffer. Born in Germany in 1621, he lived much of his life during the 30 Years’ War (1618-1648), a war with one of the worst famines, plagues and greatest medical catastrophes in modern European history. Hymnologist Albert Edward Bailey speculates that Neumark’s homeland was at…

Come Behold the Wondrous Mystery – April 2020

The draw of a good mystery is the pleasure of trying to put all the pieces of the story’s puzzle together. One of the best kinds of mysteries is something we call a paradox. A paradox is a seemingly absurd or self-contradictory statement that when investigated or explained, proves to be true. This modern hymn…